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1 2 Issue #1, January 2012 IDEAS  Innovation  Design  Experiences  activities  Synergy  Mark your calendars Welcome Back! Gaga for Wiki Spaces We are excited for the new semester and hope you are too! January 31st-February 3rd Tuesday: 10am & 1pm Wednesday: 11am & 3:30pm Thursday: 2pm & 4:30pm Friday: 11am Gaga for Blogs/Edublogs March 6th-9th Tuesday: 10am & 1pm Wednesday: 11am & 3:30pm Thursday: 2pm & 4:30pm Friday: 11am Gaga for Presentation Tools April 10th-13th Tuesday: 10am & 1pm Wednesday: 11am & 3:30pm Thursday: 2pm & 4:30pm Friday: 11am “A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated” -Horace Mann. A Note from Wendy Grojean, IDEAS Room Coordinator The first semester in the IDEAS Room was a success! We had over 10,000 people visit the room to work or participate in one of the many events that took place this fall. Some of the events that the IDEAS Room hosted were: two best-selling authors, the University of Nebraska Foundation Capital Campaign, International Educational Forum, Omaha Table Talk, Chamber of Omaha-Leadership Omaha and Executive Institute Meetings, Future Educators Association Conference, Tutoring sessions for K-6 students, various Gaga for Google training sessions, and let’s not forget the cider and treats for finals week! The spring semester will bring even more excitement! The IDEAS Room is kicking off the year with a Facebook page to announce important events (and when we have food available-as requested by a student!). We are publishing a monthly newsletter and we will continue our “Gaga” technology training sessions. You will find the topics of these training sessions in this newsletter. Have a great semester and find us on Facebook to keep up on what new IDEAS are brewing in the IDEAS Room! Check out this Digital Resource: WikiSpaces Wikis can be powerful tools in the classroom. By creating a wiki site, teachers can create multiple pages and places for students to post, publish, and share information. is a wiki-hosting site that is commonly used in K-12 schools for many reasons. The main reason being is that it doesn’t require students to have an email address to participate. This is important, especially for elementary teachers, since children under the age of 13 cannot obtain email addresses. Other features that makes Wikispaces a popular choice for the classroom are: wikis can be set to private to protect students, users can embed media into the site, including video, audio, and images, it’s ad-free, and it’s FREE (educators also get a free upgrade). Are you ready to learn more about this powerful, web 2.0 tool for the classroom? Then click here to reserve your spot at a Gaga for Wikispaces session or stop by the IDEAS Room to sign up today! *Wikispaces offers K-12 Educator plans AND Higher Education Plans. 1

January 2012 Newsletter

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